Would you believe it? Another Sunshine Blogger Award 2019!

Well, this is getting embarrassing. It would appear that I have been nominated for yet another Sunshine Blogger Award… This time is was ThatRandomEditor from ThatRandomEditor’s Anime Blog that nominated me and provided another great set of questions to answer. So, thanks, ThatRandomEditor!

ThatRandomEditor writes about anime, posting reviews and thoughts on the current seasons. One set of reviews that caught my eye, was the episodic coverage of Carole & Tuesday. I haven’t seen the series, so I’ve obviously not written about it, but if you’re curious to find out more, then you know where to go… Here’s a link to episode 1 to start things off – Carole & Tuesday Episode 1: Getting into the Music

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There are always rules and they shall be followed!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

And now for the questions…


What was the first anime you watched?

This will show you all just how old I am, but I’m going to answer honestly. My very first anime was Akira and I watched it late at night on Channel Four. I’m not entirely sure of the year, but Akira was released in 1988 and I don’t think it was long after that, possibly in the early 90s. It completely blew my mind. Up to that point, the only cartoons I had seen were solely aimed at children and I loved cartoons, choosing to watch anything animated over anything with real people in. So, imagine my surprise when there was swearing, people dying, and mild nudity. And since then, I’ve never looked back.


What was the first manga you read?

Having fallen in love with anime at a young age and living in a country that had very limited anime and manga resources was hard. I did manage to find a magazine at the local newsagents called Manga Mania. My parents got me a subscription although I’m not sure they had seen what was inside… Anyhow, each issue had a chapter from an ongoing series which continued each month. When I started reading it had Akira and Dirty Pair and I loved them both.


What was the first light novel you read?

This is a little embarrassing, especially since I like to think of myself as an aspiring author, but I’ve never read a light novel. I have skimmed through the pages of a couple, but find myself instead picking up the manga. I read novels and books whenever I can, but I am trying to sample as many different styles of storytelling as possible and with limited time available to me, manga and anime are quicker to through.


Do you know Fire Emblem? Or at least played any video game?

I do not know Fire Emblem… But I have played video games. I used to play a lot, but not so much now. That will change in the near future once the kids are old enough to be interested. Some of my favourite game franchises include Zelda, Tomb Raider, GTA, Mario, and I also really enjoy strategy games where I have to build up an army before my opponent and crush them in the most elaborate way possible. Mwah ha ha ha!

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Which anime database (e.g. MyAnimeList, AniList, Anime-Planet, etc.) do you prefer and why?

I track everything I watch in a spreadsheet and only really go to MyAnimeList to see what the new shows are each season and even then, I prefer to just see what appears on my streaming services and try shows out based on nothing at all. I love being surprised and a lot of these sites aren’t the best at hiding spoilers.


What is your preferred demographic in anime? Shoujo, Shounen, Kodomomuke, Seinen, or Josei?

I don’t tend to limit myself too much, but Seinen is probably my goto, along with Shounen. That said, I do try to vary what I watch as the greater the variety of story, the more there is learn about the craft. I write dark fantasy and science fiction so these tend to be more prevalent in Seinen anime, but that doesn’t mean I feel the need to stick to this demographic. There’s a piece of advice I heard a while back and I’m not sure who said it, but basically, if you want to write about a particular genre, chances are you’ve already exposed yourself to that genre enough and you should seek out other to broaden your experience and style.


What is your favourite blog post that you’ve produced?

Ironically, I recently did a post about my ten favourite posts for my 500th post. Not much has changed since then, so my favourite post is the response to my first ever tag post and not just because it was my first… you never forget your first… Haha! Anyhow, the post in question was The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!! and with the questions provided, I actually turned my answers into a short piece of fanfiction where I met Saeko Busijima from Highschool of the Dead.


Do you take seasonal breaks from time to time?

No. If Stephen King can write every day of the year, then so can I… well, most of the time. On top of blogging, I am always working on a story, whether that’s writing, editing, or plotting. I find it’s impossible to switch it off as ideas come at me from everywhere. There is a shifting balance between writing and blogging which moves back and forth. Recently, I’ve been covering a lot of shows and found myself blogging pretty much every day. With the new season, I have cut back the number of shows I’m covering so I can focus more time on writing and editing.


What part of blogging do you find the most challenging?

I don’t think people realise just how much work blogging can be. Sure, it doesn’t have to be. It depends on what you’re trying to achieve, but with my goals, it is a full-time gig and since it doesn’t pay that well, it’s like having two jobs. I guess the biggest challenge is finding the time to keep things going and not letting myself get carried away, like reviewing seven shows in a season. As I said in an earlier question, it’s all about finding balance. Sure, it’s work, but if we didn’t want to do it we wouldn’t.


Do knowing spoilers beforehand actually ruin the experience?

I hate spoilers with a passion. Now, I understand that there is a time limitation to things. If I’m watching something older, then I can’t really get annoyed about spoilers, but within a day or two of the release is not acceptable. I remember waking up to the radio when I was living in New Zealand and they started talking about the latest episode of Game of Thrones that aired during the night. I’ve never gotten out of bed so quickly and I can honestly say I never tuned into that station again.

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If you weren’t blogging, where would you be?

I’ve been blogging for over eight years now and it feels very much like it’s a part of me, so this would be an odd situation. One thing is for sure, I would be writing more fiction, but then I wouldn’t have anywhere to talk about it, so it would probably just sit on my hard drive and remain undiscovered. I have done podcasting in the past and that was a lot of fun, but I don’t think I would ever do videos. That’s not my thing at all.


And now for the nominations!

  • If you’ve read this far, I choose you!

This tag has zipped all across the blogging sphere and I believe most will have already been nominated. However, if you would like a free post for your blog then you are more than welcome to take on my questions.


And your questions are…

  1. What made you want to start a blog?
  2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
  3. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?
  4. Is there any other medium you’d like to try?
  5. What anime would best describe you?
  6. What was the last anime you dropped?
  7. What anime surprised you, for whatever reason?
  8. What is your second favourite anime?
  9. Do you listen to anime music outside of watching anime? If so, what’s your favourite song?
  10. Have ever admitted to liking anime and got a funny response?
  11. Which would be worse, zombie apocalypse or vampire apocalypse?

Thanks again for reading.


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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for answering! When I saw your first answer it’s nice to see that there’s still older people who love anime as a medium. Lately I’ve been browsing around and there’s been less and less people discussing about past shows and most of them would rather keep up with one anime. You know which one I might be talking about.

    Also, seeing you who hasn’t actually read one light novel is surprising. I don’t know when you’ll have the chance but there’s another world (pun intended) waiting to ve discovered out there. And thanks for linking to one my recent episode reviews. Though I have no idea how a random person would react to my initial praise to a letdown of a finale. It’s nice to review anime weekly again but some other things got in the way.

    • I think there are a few of us older anime bloggers, but blogging tends to hide your age so it’s not as easy to spot, which is a good thing. Means we can all converse on a level playing field without stereotypes getting in the way.

      I’ve been focusing fairly heavily on the newer shows too and am about to start doing some deeper dives into some of my favourites, breaking down the writing techniques and creating writing tips from them.

      I will look to pick up my first Light Novel in the very near future. Thanks for giving me the push.

  2. So, funny story (not really). I’m currently on my lunch break for work and decided to just look through some blogs to kill time. I was only planning on skimming your post like I do when I’m killing time on social media, and I ended up just devouring every word you wrote. It was such an enjoyable read that by the end of it I thought, “I’m done?” Anyway, keep up the good work!

    • Thanks, now get back to work… haha! Just kidding.

      That means a lot. It’s one thing to see views and likes, but knowing that someone is actually reading the posts is a great feeling.

    • Haha, I listened like a good little worker and went back.

      I understand wholeheartedly. It means something different when you’re aware that your writing is being read fully. I’m looking forward to reading more from you!

    • Sadly, we all have to go back to work at some point. Thanks again

    • Ain’t that the unfortunate truth?
      No problem at all!

  3. I don’t believe it! Another Sunshine Blogger award?!
    Who’s giving these things out like this?
    I’m contacting the Sunshine Blogger Award Committee about this one.

    • I checked with them and it’s allowed. If you want you can answer my questions. Consider this a formal nomination!

  4. If you like strategy games you should enjoy Fire Emblem. Just be aware that it is turn based rather than real time.

    Akira is an awesome movie. It along with late night anime stuff on Sci-Fi Channel are what turned me into an adult anime fan. I loved anime when I was a kid too, mostly mecha stuff.

    • I haven’t done any gaming since I moved from New Zealand to Canada and sold all my consoles. That’s why all my favourite games are like five plus years old. I will have to check it out at some point for sure.

      There’s was almost no anime where I grew up when I was a kid. I was an early teen when I discovered Akira and got lost in the anime universe and I’ve never once tried to find my way out. Why would anyone want to leave?

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